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Orange Smoke in South Sefton: S. Norton's Response

Updated: Jun 18

Following our recent letter to S. Norton Ltd, which you can read here, we've received the below response from the office of Tony Hayer, their Managing Director.

We have thanked them for engaging with us and have ensured that all those included on our original letter have had sight of this, including the Environment Agency.

Importantly, their response confirms that their activities were the source of this orange smoke.


The contents of the reply raises more questions, so we are considering these, taking some external advice and will publish our own response on this site soon.

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Stephanie Thompson
Stephanie Thompson
Jun 04

S.Norton needs to declare what pollutants are monitored every 5 minutes. PM2.5 dust is ranked by the World Health Organisation as very dangerous to humans with recommendations set at 5mg/m3. Liverpool John Moores University had research published in the Financial Times 3 months ago showing that the Mersey Basin is amongst the globally worst for carcinogenic 'Forever Chemicals'. In Liverpool City itself, from its own data, cancer mortality for under 75 year-olds is 30% above the England average.

I have written to Steve Rotheram about the issue but no response as yet. After the election I will be writing to Andy Burnham who has significant influence in the Labour Party, to get necessary actions in place to protect the Mersey…

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